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Magnesia Harvey Ski Loop
Timestamp Free: 2018.05.25 - 08:16:16
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1190m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Matthias Jakob, Dave Williams
Difficulty: 3: A short part of Magnesia Creek involves thick alders and some tricky route finding up the creek bed. A short steep boot kick to get over the ridge of Harvey, then reasonably steep ski down the other side. Road skiing could be difficult with frozen snow.
From Lions Bay, ski up Magnesia creek, then over the east shoulder of Harvey and down Harvey Creek, back to starting point.
Friday night 9:00 and the call comes in that Matt's van would pick us up at 7:30 and we'd head for Magnesia creek. Sure enough at 7:30 one of those right hand drive "saloon" diesel vans was in my normal parking spot beside my house. I was directed to get into the front left door, exactly where I normally get into my own car hundreds of times. But when I got in, there was no steering wheel or controls. However the van pulled out and started driving down Macdonald street. I remarked that these new self driving cars were pretty wonderful as I glanced over at the guy in the right hand side (Matthias). He said he just wrote the self driving program for his car himself. "How hard can it be?" he said, as the car accelerated and wavered and wobbled down Macdonald street toward the traffic light.

Yikes! Reminds me of how I felt when that guy that picked me up after hitchhiking back to Montreal from St Jovite Quebec in 1965. It was a hot day and as I climbed into the passenger seat I had my first full look at the driver: he had a full formula one fire suit on, driving gloves, sunglasses and he says in a thick European accent: "Don't talk to me, I'm going to drive VERY fast." as he floors the car and heads down that center lane used by cars passing both northbound and southbound.

Flash forward. I noticed that the guy on the right hand seat of the van was holding a steering wheel, which he occasionally used to correct the self driving program he wrote.

We arrived without incident at Lions Bay, and drove up the winding roads to the gate at the end. Of course there was no parking there, but Matt dropped us off, and took the car back down the road to park. [photo]20170107_084937_Start.jpg[caption]Starting point in Lions Bay. 8:49 AM Note the gate[/photo]

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